A film featuring James Dean and a documentary on Aussie war correspondent Michael Ware head the line up
Two new local feature films and two feature documentaries have been given the green light. for production, in the latest funding round of industry body Screen Australia.
Eight years after the smash hit comedy that followed toilet-cleaning antics of Kenny (pictured), siblings Shane and Clayton Jacobson will re-team as star and director for Oddball. A family film about an eccentric chicken farmer who saves a colony of penguins with his sheepdog, Oddball has been written by feature film scribe debutant Peter Ivan while the producers are Richard Keddie, (Little Fish, Goddess) and Steve Kearney, (My Mistress).
"I'm thrilled we have received the green-light on Oddball,” Clayton Jacobson tells SBS. “The producers have assembled a terrific team and Shane and I are very excited to be working together again."
Roadshow Films will be handling local distribution on the comedy.
A German/Canadian/Australian co-production written by Candy scribe Luke Davies, Life is the true story of Life Magazine freelance photographer Dennis Stock who struck up a unique friendship with a pre-fame James Dean during an assignment photographing the actor. Robert Pattinson (fresh from David Michod's The Rover) has been cast as Stock, while on-the-rise actor Dane DeHann, (The Place Beyond The Pines, Kill Your Darlings) will immortalise the acting icon prior to his rise to fame with 1955's East of Eden.
The road drama is directed by international photographer-cum-filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control) and produced by See-Saw Films Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, both of whom were behind The King's Speech. Transmission Films will handle Australian distribution.
Theatrical documentary Only the Dead will tap into the daredevil reporting and subsequent psychological ramifications experienced by former CNN and Time Magazine Australian war correspondent Michael Ware during his time in the Middle East prior to 9/11 and America's intervention.
The doc will be jointly directed by Oscar winning documentarian Bill Guttentag, (Twin Towers) and Ware, who also serves as co-writer with producer Patrick McDonald. Transmission Films will once again handle local distribution.
AFI winning filmmaker Jennifer Peedom, (Solo) will direct her debut feature documentary Sherpa: In the Shadow of the Mountain, which is taken from the point-of-view of the Sherpas during an intense conflict with western climbers on a high altitude Everest expedition.
Penned by Peedom the doc is produced by Bridget Ikin, (My Year Without Sex), John Smithson (127 Hours, Touching the Void) and veteran John Maynard, (My Year Without Sex, Balibo).
"With this story weaving through the spine of the modern day Everest ascent, I believe we'll deliver a refreshingly original and inspiring take on the Everest narrative that will reach broadly and emotionally to its audience," Peedom tells SBS.